Can't load your friend's Insta Story? Guess what!
All of Facebook's social media properties — Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Facebook Classic — are experiencing major outages that appear to have started around 5 a.m. Pacific Time/ 8 a.m. Eastern. Downdetector.com shows Instagram outage reports throughout the urban US, the UK, France, Brazil, and Moscow, with a similar pattern out outages for Facebook. WhatsApp shows a large number of outage reports in Brazil and western Europe.
Facebook took to Twitter — where else? — to broadcast the news that they are aware of the problem, and are working to get stuff back online.
We’re aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images, videos and other files on our apps. We're sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. #facebookdown— Facebook (@facebook) July 3, 2019
The Verge suggests as of 10:30 a.m. PT that the issues appear to be starting to clear up.
There is, of course, the usual whining — and schadenfreude, and memes — on Twitter.